The Carlsbad City Council voted on Jan. 26 to move forward with improvements to the Monroe Street Pool in northern Carlsbad that will transform the 38-year-old pool into an expanded, modern, eco-friendly facility that better meets the community’s needs.
The City of Carlsbad’s Monroe Street Pool requires significant maintenance to remain operational and in compliance with current health and building codes. As city staff explored options for renovating the facility, it developed three concepts and then asked the community for input. The City Council directed staff to pursue the third, most extensive, renovation, which was also favored by most community members who participated in a public survey. Improvements would include:
50% more lap swim lanes
Expansion of pool for larger swimming and water polo competitions
Larger pool deck with lockers
New exterior deck showers
Renovated locker rooms
Larger parking lot
New entrances including an outdoor option that will no longer require passing through the locker rooms
Meeting/event/birthday party room
Replacement of pool tile, plaster, piping, pool deck, drainage, pumps and filters
New building with mechanical room and family restrooms
Separate mechanical room access for service vehicles to reduce parking lot impacts for users
New 8-foot wall with steel gates along Monroe Street side to reduce sound coming from the pool
Replacement of existing solar system and installation of rooftop solar panels
See the concepts for a complete list of the improvements planned. The project cost for the selected concept is currently estimated to be in the range of $20.5 to $21.4 million. Approximately $6.8 million has already been set aside for improvements to the facility. The balance of the money to pay for this project would potentially come from the city’s general fund, but voters must first approve the spending under a city law that requires voter approval for certain acquisition and construction projects over $1 million.
The City Council directed staff to put the project on the June 7, 2022, ballot. Putting it out to voters sooner would have required a special election at a cost of $1.2 to $1.6 million. The city intends to continue to maintain the pool so that it’s operational in the meantime.
If approved by voters, the improvements could commence within about 18 months after the completion of the formal design, permitting and bidding processes. During construction, the city would try to accommodate as many regular pool users as possible at the city’s Alga Norte Aquatic Center, located about six miles away.